The Martingale System

The Martingale system is usually used on even chance games and I’ve also written about it for blackjack. When it comes to roulette, it is used on red/black, odd/even or high/low although if you change the progressions around, you can used it on other bets as well.

How it works

I’m going to assume you’ve never heard of Martingale style betting before and go through it step by step, using the example of betting on one of the colours which is where most player use it for roulette. It starts by picking a colour and then betting on it with a small bet such as £1.

If you lose, you double your next bet to £2. Most players will stick with the same colour but it doesn’t really matter which one you bet on or if you alternate between the two so long as you double your bets. You keep doubling them each time you lose and then when you win, you go back to betting £1. Here’s an example.

Bet £1 on red. The ball lands on black so you lose, double your next bet.

Bet £2 on red. The ball lands on black so you lose, double your next bet.

Bet £4 on red. The ball lands on black so you lose, double your next bet.

Bet £8 on red. The ball lands on black so you lose, double your next bet.

Bet £16 on red. The ball lands on red so you win. Now go back to betting £1 on the next spin.

So long as you always double your last bet, your eventual win will be £1 when your colour lands. The entire progression looks like this when you start out with £1

£1 – £2 – £4 – £8 – £16 – £32 – £64 – £128 – £256 – £512

In theory, there’s no end to the Martingale as you could keep doubling your money over and over, although most players won’t go higher than the numbers above either because of table limits or bankroll. You don’t need to start out with £1, it can be whatever you want although it’s recommended that you start as low as possible so that your bets aren’t too big after a few losses.

The Super Martingale

After reading around online, some payers use what they all a Super Martingale which normally involves either having a higher starting bet, or tripling your bets after a loss rather than doubling them. Here’s the progression when you triple your bets starting out with £1.

£1 – £3 – £9 – £27 – £81 – £243 – £729 – £2187

When you double your bets, your overall win is never more than £1 but with this Super version, you win more the higher in the progression you go. Anyone that’s played roulette before will know that this kind of betting is far too risky to be sustainable so should only be used either in short bursts or if you are feeling lucky.

Sometimes you can have 8 or more colours in a row and that happens both in real casinos and online, and when it happens, you will lose each bet and take a big hit, so you need to be prepared for that and have a point where you will walk away both in terms of win and loss.

Increase Your Bets After A win

Similar to the progressive system in blackjack you can double your bets after a win rather than a loss in the hope of taking a big win. So you would start out by betting on your chosen colour and then double your bet after each win in the hope of getting multiple colours in a row.

If you do this, you will need to have a set point where you walk away with the win because you won’t keep winning forever. When using this system, you will lose £1 every time you don’t reach your winning point so to get around that, you can use a milder progression such as this.

£1 – £2 – £3 – £5 – £8 – £12 – £20 – £30 – £45

With that progression, you will still be left with a profit if you don’t get to your stopping point. So if you were aiming to get 8 wins in a row, but lost on the sixth, you would still be up by £7. The overall profit when you eventually get to your stopping point will be less but that’s compensated by not losing each time you don’t get to it which will happen more often.